Vote for Constance Hotels & Resorts in World Golf Awards

Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Lémuria have both been nominated to win the accolade Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Hotel 2014 in the inaugural World Golf Awards.

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Battling it out for the top spot both Constance hotels offer dramatic courses spread over verdant, tropical landscapes with breathtaking ocean views so it’s up to you now to vote for your favourite. Vote now.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

With its two championship 18-hole golf courses it’s no surprise that the European Senior Tour has chosen Belle Mare Plage to host the tour’s dramatic finale the MCB Tour Championship since 2009.

Guests are able to play both the Links and Legend golf courses with limitless free green fees. Caddies, club cars, rental clubs and tuition from our resident Marc Farry Golf Academy pros are all available to guests.

After a day on the golf course guests can relax and unwind with a special sports massage at the sumptuous U Spa where our experienced therapists will revive and restore tired muscles.

Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria is proud to boast the Seychelles only 18-hole golf course. Hewn into the stunning, mountainous terrain of Praslin island, it is often described as one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses.

The front 12 holes lie on the flat land behind the beach while the back 6 holes climb steadily through the hilly jungle terrain to terraced tees dropping to perfectly manicured greens.

The 15th hole is something of a legend as golfers tee-off from a beautiful hillside spot with views over the stunning Anse Georgette and the Indian Ocean beyond, and watch their ball fall 50 metres to the green below. It’s a golf course that will live in the memory.

Again, guests can experience a special sports massage at the beautiful, secluded U Spa after a tiring round.

Vote for your favourite

If you share our passion for golf, we hope you will take the time to vote.

Vote for Constance Belle Mare Plage or Constance Lémuria as the Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Hotel 2014 on the World Golf Awards website.

Read more

 

5 things you need to know about planning a luxury honeymoon

You’ve made the proposal, set the date for your dream wedding and now your thoughts are turning to planning the perfect luxury honeymoon.

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

Here’s our guide to ensuring your honeymoon is the luxury holiday of a lifetime.

1. Your honeymoon will be more special if you choose it together

We all have different ingredients for a perfect holiday so make sure that together you pick somewhere that meets both your needs. If one of you dreams of lying on a beach with a good book but the other prefers something more active then pick a hotel or resort which offers a range of activities. When choosing a resort try and incorporate your own and your new spouse’s passions – keen golfers might enjoy a few rounds on the championship golf course at Constance Le Prince Maurice while foodies may enjoy a Mauritian cookery class in the hotel’s world-class kitchens.

2. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time

You may have the image of the perfect honeymoon in your head with white sand beaches, candle-lit beach dining and romantic, secluded luxury accommodation but finding the reality can take time. Have a list of things which you and your partner want from your honeymoon and then search that criteria.

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

3. It’s worth checking the weather conditions for the time of year you plan to travel

Weather can never be guaranteed but if you’re travelling long haul it’s always worth checking out what the season is going to be in your dream destination. While the Indian Ocean provides year-round warmth and sunshine there are seasonal variations which could be important if you’re planning activities. Those dreaming of diving the largely unexplored waters of Madagascar or watching the stunning display of humpback whales will need to plan their visit from June to November. Big game fishing enthusiasts would want to be in Mauritius from October to April. For those who dream of swimming with Manta Rays the Maldives from December to March would be a ideal time.

4. It is the extras which make a luxury honeymoon special

A honeymoon is about making memories that will last a lifetime so make sure that you take advantage of the special extras 5* hotels and resorts can offer. Book a trip to your own desert island in the Maldives at Constance Halaveli, have a sensual couple’s massage followed by champagne at Constance Lémuria or a lobster dinner at Constance Belle Mare Plage. All our resorts offer delicious fine-dining brought and served to you in the privacy of your own villa. You can even get your friends and family involved – Constance’s Online Gifts service means loved ones can gift you special moments to make your honeymoon extra special.

A romantic stroll along the beach

A romantic stroll along the beach

5. Letting the resort know you’re on honeymoon will make a big difference

Don’t be shy, the staff at luxury hotels and resorts want to help make your honeymoon the holiday of your dreams so make sure you let them know. If you book your honeymoon on the phone then it’s worth mentioning when you book that it’s a special occasion and we’ll try and ensure you get some added extras to help you celebrate. If you prefer to book online then let us know via our Online Concierge service.

Find out more

 

Recipe: Red snapper with Creole sauce

Savour the authentic flavours of the Seychelles with this spicy creole fish recipe from Constance Lémuria.

Will you be enjoying red snapper on the beach?

Will you be enjoying red snapper on the beach?

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp butter
  • ¾ celery stick
  • ½ onion
  • ½ green pepper (chopped)
  • Garlic
  • 1 large tin tomatoes
  • 5 fresh bay leaves
  • ½tsp chilli powder
  • ½tsp sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • ½tsp pepper
  • 3-4 whole fish
  • 2tbsp lemon juice

Method

1. Prepare the Creole sauce by sautéing the celery, onion, green pepper and garlic in butter until golden, approximately 5 minutes).

2. Stir in the tomatoes, bay leaf, chilli powder, salt, sugar and pepper and bring to the boil while stirring. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until thickened.

3. While sauce is simmering, line a roasting pan with buttered foil and place fish in the pan. Pour 2 tablespoons of lemon juice over the fish.

4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Pour 1 cup of sauce over the fish. Bake, basting, for a further 10 minutes.

Read more

 

Recipe: Chicken and pineapple salad

This light chicken and pineapple salad, created by Chef Nalinda of Constance Lémuria, is perfect for eating outdoors on long sunny days.

Nalinda's chicken and pineapple salad

Nalinda’s chicken and pineapple salad

Ingredients

  • 2 single chicken breast fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 pineapple, peeled and cut into thin 3cm pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into thin diagonal slices
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 butter lettuce, leaves separated, washed
  • 1/4 cup (30g) chopped spring onion, toasted
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

1. Cut the chicken fillets in half lengthways. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly, then cut into thin slices.

3. Combine the chicken and pineapple with mayonnaise, celery and chopped spring onion. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Read more

 

Endangered green turtle eggs rescued at Grand Anse Kerlan

At Constance Lémuria we rescued 135 green turtle eggs from Grande Anse Kerlan to protect them from natural predators.

Robert & Adrian rescue the green turtle eggs

Robert & Adrian rescue the green turtle eggs

The rescue formed part of our turtle preservation program which we run in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles.

The eggs, collected by turtle manager Robert Matombe and landscape manager Adrian, have been placed in a box and covered with sand so that they can safely hatch some time in the next 8 weeks.

As soon as they hatch, Robert will release the baby turtles safely on to the beach so they can find their way to the ocean.

Endangered green and hawksbill turtles regularly visit the beaches of Constance Lémuria between June and September to lay eggs so our turtle manager patrols every day to make sure mother, eggs (and eventually hatchlings) are safe from natural predators like crabs and rats.

A mother green turtle can return to the same spot up to five times at two week intervals to lay so Roger and Adrian plan to camp on the beach to see the mother and collect any future eggs.

Roger was able to identify the eggs as belonging to a green turtle from the markings the female left on the beach which are larger than those of a hawksbill.

Get involved

Roger welcomes guest interest and involvement at Constance Lemuria showing guests how to help and observe these splendid creatures without causing them any harm or distress.

Learn more

 

Top 5 must see sights in the Seychelles

There are so many beautiful sites and natural wonders spread across the islands of the Seychelles that it can be hard to know where to start.

Palm trees and waterfall in Vallee de Mai, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Vallée de Mai nature reserve, Praslin Island, Seychelles

So before you plan your dream Seychelles holiday, here’s our guide to the top 5 must see sights.

1. Vallée de Mai – Praslin

Don’t miss the opportunity while in Seychelles to wander through the ancient palm forest of Vallée de Mai. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is also one of the few places on earth where you can see the mysterious, endemic coco de mer grow.

2. Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Victoria – Mahé

Immerse yourself in bustling Seychelles life at the food market held daily in the capital Victoria and surrounded by local clothing and craft shops. Buy fresh local spices, fruit and street food or just take in the vibrant sights and sounds.

3. Anse Georgette – Praslin

A hidden treasure, and one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Anse Georgette is a secluded bay accessible by a stunning nature walk from Constance Lémuria. Because it’s not accessible by road, expect to have the pristine white sand and gentle waves almost entirely to yourself.

4. Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden – Mahé

Must see sights in the Seychelles: the Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Must see sights in the Seychelles: the Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Set in the hills above the beautiful Anse Royale this old colonial spice plantation has views which stretch for miles over the coast and verdant interior. Spices are still grown in the gardens here and sold in the shop. Enjoy the views from the terrace of its small restaurant, but don’t forget to book as it is very popular.

5. The Giant Aldabra Tortoises – Curieuse Island

A trip to Seychelles wouldn’t be complete without meeting some of its most famous inhabitants, the giant tortoises. While there are several places in Seychelles where visitors can interact with the tortoises (including the botanical gardens on Mahé) Curieuse offers the most natural experience where visitors can meet the tortoises wandering free on this island nature reserve.

Read more